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   Jul 11

Winter Tip 104: Prepare your Trees and Shrubs for the Cold

Winter is the season that gardeners take a rest from all their yard duties. But before the ground freezes, it is important that you prepare your garden for the cold days.

This is very essential especially for newly planted shrubs and trees. Not only your flowering beds need your attention as winter draws near, your shrubs and trees too.

Water them

Watering your plants is essential before the ground freezes. This will keep the moisture in the soil as the temperature decreases. If you have shrubs such as boxwood and rhododendron, make sure to water them also because they give off too much vapor during the cold months.

Once the ground gets frozen, your plants will have hard time taking water and nutrients from the soil. This results to dehydration and can cause yellowing in stems and leaves of your plants.

Wrap or Not?

Burlap wrap is ideal for your plants during winter but there are few exceptions. Strong and established trees and shrubs do not need wrapping. They can survive the winter since they have sturdy root system.

However, fragile plants such as dwarf Alberta spruce and new-planted trees and shrubs are sensitive to the cold. As their roots have not developed to mature stage, there is a possibility they will notsurvive.

So make sure to cover them with burlap. Also keep in mind do not use plastic as it will damage the plants once the sun is up.

Here are some other winter tips for your trees and shrubs:

  • In order to retain the moisture, you must cover the root area of your plants with about 3-inch layer of mulch. This will help the plants still get nutrients from the soil even if the ground freezes.
  • In order to protect your young trees from gnawers such as mice or rabbit, make sure to put plastic tree guards around the trunk way above the snow line. Then as the spring arrives, make sure to remove it to avoid moisture being trapped in the bark attracting insects.
  • Protect your plants from salt spray by covering them up with double layer of burlap. To prevent this from happening, avoid placing your trees or shrubs beside the road so it won’t get salted during the winter. Another option is you can plant junipers as they are salt-resistant plants.
  • Broadleaf plants such as pieris, laurel and rhododendron should be protected from the drying effects of the wind and sun.  You should spray it with anti-desiccant spray that coats the leaves.
  • Use string or mesh to protect upright plants such as cedars and junipers from breakage. The low temperature and ice have damaging effect to these plants so make sure to use strings in order to hold them in place.

Following these tips, your trees and shrubs can be protected from the ice, low temperature and cold breeze of winter months. This will ensure you of flowering shrubs and healthy trees in the spring. Trees and shrubs are beautiful assets to your garden, so make sure to include them in your what-do-to-do list in gardening in late autumn.

   Jul 10

Shade Garden: Gardening in the Dark

gardeningShade gardening can be a new experience especially if you are new to gardening. But today, some gardeners prefer this type of gardening and there are numerous plants and flowers that love the shade than full sunlight.

Shade areas include under the trees or an open area that is covered from the heat of the sun. Although it might be challenging, some gardeners want to grow plants that naturally grow in shady areas.

Right Selection of Plants and Flowers

Plants that love the shade commonly bring out deep colors so you must choose bright-colored flowers so they stand out in the dark. However, if you persist with the dark-colored ones, then you can be creative and mix them with light-colored. This will make your shade garden attractive.

Shade perennials such as Lenten roses, astilbe, daylilies or phlox can bring bright effect to your garden. You can add clump bamboo, ferns or hostas in order to add texture.

You can also have shade annuals such as impatiens, elephant ears, wax begonia, calla lilies and coleus in your garden. Just keep in mind that they don’t do well in the shade, but they still need sunlight from time to time.

Popular choices for shade plants are English ivy and vinca.  Make sure to research on your shade plants very well to attend to their needs.

Prepare your Garden

If you plan to have your shade plants beneath a large tree, it might be difficult as this type of tree will need more water and nutrients from the soil, leaving nothing for your plants. So make sure to tend the soil before placing your plants. Add organic material and fertilizer in order to sustain another plant life.

It would be ideal to plant your shade garden during spring so the roots have time to grow and expand before summer arrives. Make sure to water it regularly and put mulch to your plants to hold the moisture. You can shred the fallen leaves of the tree as mulch for your shade garden to prevent weeds and plant diseases.

Another solution so your greeneries will not compete with the nutrients is you can use garden container. Your plants can have their own supply of necessities but still benefit from the shade of tree. Also you can place it anywhere you like as long as there is shade.garden

You can also incorporate some landscaping materials such as rocks and water features that can complete the natural environment of your garden. You can attract butterflies and bees with your wildlife garden.

Make sure to choose your shade plants and location well so you can consider your shade garden a success. Although, some gardeners prefer plants that love the sunshine, it is still great to think outside of the box and challenge yourself with another type of gardening.

Beautiful garden can still be achieved even if your garden receives little sunlight. With good garden planning and creativity, you can have a shade garden that brings color and beauty to your yard.

   Jul 09

Calm and Beautiful: Installing Outdoor Fountains to your Landscape

Working on your landscape needs a lot of planning and time. You need to consider plants, flower beds, walkways and other features in order to make your property beautiful.

landscapingAnother addition to your landscaping project that you will never regret is outdoor garden fountains. Many homeowners have incorporated water features such as ponds and waterfalls in their landscape and they simply make a beautiful impact on the overall property.

But what makes fountain a very common choice is because of the sound of the water that can calm anyone and being surrounded by colorful flower beds delights anyone who sees it.

Fountains come in different shapes, styles and sizes and bring a relaxing ambiance to your garden. With so many fountains available in the market, it is essential to find the best one that suits your landscape.

First, you have to learn about two types of fountain – the downward falls and the rising jets. However, many gardeners prefer to use both. You can also install lights on them to make them stand out during the evening.

Types of Fountain

Downward Falling Fountains

This is the most common type of fountain used in many landscapes. It has a human outline sculpture which seems to be holding a carved bowl where water comes out.

Another element of this fountain is the marble ball that rotates because of the push of water and bubbles are formed below it. This element seems to be dancing under the water which makes it pleasing for the eyes.

Rising Jet Fountains

This is the most magnificent type of fountain you can install in your landscape. You might need a large space for this kind of fountain and also make sure to consider the breeze so your guests won’t get surprised when the water gets caught up with the wind. They are usually used in exhibits and parks, and even customized with music.

Factors when Buying Fountain

Now that you know the types of fountain, you should now consider some factors that affect your choice of fountain. Factors such as size, exterior of your house and price should be considered.

Fountains are used in order to enhance your landscape not to overshadow it. So don’t invest on too many fountains and place them recklessly in your garden.

You will lose the main purpose of the fountain. Make sure to determine your focal points or a beautiful parts of your garden where you can place your fountain.

Think of an area in your garden which you enjoy the most. Maybe you can place it in the middle of your colorful flower beds or along the cherry trees that bloom every year. With your strategic placing plus the sound and look of your fountain, this will take your garden to even greater heights.landscape

Remember a few things before you choose you outdoor fountain:

  • Choose the proper design.Fountains come in a wide variety of designs from Asian to Roman. Make sure to consider the design of your house in choosing your fountain. It must complement your home’s exterior beautifully.
  • Choose solar powered fountains. Fountains run by electricity will cost you money. It will take time and effort to install it and there could be a possibility of power problems.
    Today, most fountains make use of solar technology but double check it to make sure. Solar powered fountains will make you save electricity and they are safer.
  • Look at the size. Size matters for your fountain. So when you are checking out fountains online, make sure to look at the dimension and determine if it fits perfectly with your garden.
  • See the price. Fountains are expensive so make sure you have set your budget before you order one. Online websites will give you affordable prices on a wide selection of fountains. Just make sure it fits your budget but still suits your style.

Keeping in mind the types and factors of choosing your outdoor fountain will determine if you are successful in installing and incorporating your fountain to your landscape. With the relaxing effect it brings and beauty it adds to your garden, no doubt outdoor fountain is a must-have in your landscape.

   Jul 07

Wrap up Your Container Garden this Cold Season

container gardenContainer gardening during the winter months would be difficult especially if it’s the first time your garden will experience the extreme cold temperature. During this time, soil easily freezes so it is important that your plants have your attention. So here are some essential tips you must do in order to make your container garden survive the winter.

The Right Container

It is essential to choose containers that can withstand the cold. Ceramic pots and containers made from thin plastic would be a bad idea. The best choices are concrete, metal, fiberglass, stone and thick plastic.

It is important that your containers have drainage holes so excess water is drained out of the container. Make sure to add sand, gravel or stone at the container’s bottom before you add the soil, enhancing the drainage system in your container.

Select your Plants

Most of plants are sensitive to the cold weather. Choosing the right plants for the weather will determine the product of all your hard efforts.

It would be ideal that you choose plants that are familiar with the climate in your area. Exotic plants specially the tropical ones might need a lot of sunlight and heat. Plants that can survive the cold include chrysanthemum, flowering kale, licorice plant, hens-and-chicks, strawflowers and coral bells.

Maintenance of your Garden

It is important that you give your crops the sufficient amount of water and fertilizer and protect them from the cold weather. You should keep in mind that your plants need extra care and attention during winter.

Put fertilizer on your plants weeks before the frost date which is expected to come in your area. It is essential that you do this while the temperature is mild. So new stems, roots and leaves can’t be damaged by the frost and cold.

Make sure your containers have enough protection to keep them warm and ideal to support plant life. You can wrap the pots with blanket so the roots will be warm.

Avoid placing your container to a concrete surface. Concrete has the ability to drain away the heat from your pots during the winter days.

gardenIt is also important that your plants have plant lamp that will give the necessary light and heat especially in gloomy and cloudy days. The light it gives off can be enough for photosynthesis that your plants need for survival.

Lastly, place your pots inside the house when the temperature gets low. Place it outside once the sun starts shining again.

The key for a successful garden for winter days is that you choose your plants well and make sure they can withstand the cold. Make a thorough research on each plant so you know how to make them stay healthy even in harsh conditions. Make sure you have proper drainage systems and your soil is warm enough.

Winter is definitely a difficult time for gardening but still you can make it a success with the right knowledge and tools in taking care of your plants during the winter days. You can still be an effective gardener even during the cold season.

   Jul 06

Red and Beautiful: How to Start your Rose Garden?

gardeningIf you just added roses to beautify your garden, then you know by now that there are some gardening tips you should know about, especially if you are a beginner. Roses are wonderful and adorable garden flowers, but they can be tedious and difficult to grow.

Many gardeners have incorporated their own rose beds in their garden for aesthetic purposes. They make your yard simply amazing by just being there.

As a beginner, you should follow some tips on how to be an expert in growing and tending them. This will help you save time and effort to make a blooming bed of roses.


There are different kinds of rose plants you can choose from. Make sure the plants fit your lifestyle and garden and are suitable for the weather in your area. You can visit a local nursery for the best suggestions on rose types.

You can consider few factors such as hybrid and appearance as well as the type of rose – shrub, bush or climbing. Some of the most popular choices include cabbage roses, damask roses and sprawling rambles.


Roses love the sun and it would be ideal if they are placed on a spot exposed to sun. You know your yard well so you know the perfect place to plant them. Make sure the soil is conditioned and fertile so you don’t have to put fertilizer to the soil from time to time.


Space is very essential for the rose plants. If you choose rose bushes, then it would be ideal that you make gaps in between so there is plenty of room to grow.

On the other hand, climbing roses can be placed in walls or under the windows. Make sure there are no plants surrounding the bushes that might compete with water, sunlight and nutrients. Right placement of the plants is veryessential.

Manner of Planting

gardenIt would be ideal to place your rose plant directly to the soil. A garden pot will limit the growth of the roots of your plants and it is better to see your roses in a wild look. It is essential that your soil is healthy and you give enough nutrients and water to the plants.

For climbing roses, you can use trellises so they have something to follow. Roses in its frames are a good attraction to your exteriors.


It is essential that you prune your roses for it to bloom more. You must get rid of the dead branches and flowers and make way to the new ones.

It would be ideal if you water it first thing in the morning so they have enough water during the middle of the day. You can plant garlic near your plants to defend them from pests and cinnamon to fight away fungi.

If you love roses and you want to have them on your garden, then make sure to research more about gardening and maintenance tips in order to have a blooming garden that would make your yard more noticeable. Make sure you give your rose plant its necessities to grow healthy and bountiful.

   Jul 05

Organic and Useful: What is Permaculture Gardening?

gardeningPermaculture gardening is a natural way of making use of biological and ecological principles. Permaculture mimics how nature works and takes into consideration elements such as soil, climate, living structures, plants, animals, weather and more. This type of gardening increases production and yield, labor and waste is reduced and the environment is restored to its natural state.

Permaculture and Gardening

One of the best things about this type of gardening is that it can be incorporated in different environments – urban or rural – in any size. Even indoor or container gardens can use the principles of permaculture gardening.

In order to be successful in incorporating permaculture to your gardening habits, you should have the knowledge how to create a healthy environment. This environment should have the elements beneficial to the system and they have give and take relationships.

Recycling is an important concept in permaculture. You must learn how nutrients are replenished backto the garden without adding fertilizer tothe soil.

Planning of the Garden

The first task would be to identify how to fit your yard to the existing environment. It is essential that your yard should mimic nature. You can also decide on the garden size.

You can have it in your balcony or patio, or it can be a portion of your traditional garden with additional features. Starting with small parts of the garden is ideal before expanding it once you have mastered the concepts of the gardening principles.

Diversity is also an essential part of permaculture. In agricultural farms, large quantities of one crop are produced but in permaculture gardening, varying crops and animals have relationships that are beneficial for the environment.

If one plant is attacked by a pest or a disease, then there is a method that protects or defends it naturally before the whole plant is destroyed.

Evaluation is also important because it will lead to design and implementation of your garden. This will determine the success of your garden.

gardenOne should also have patterns in their garden. These patterns can reduce waste and you can also have shapes such as spiral or wave that look natural.

Also this type of gardening makes use of layers that could save spaces. Planting different crops in one soil bed can optimize the use of space and implement diversity in your healthy ecosystem.

If you use your resources – food, energy, materials, shelter, non-materials – wisely, then there is possibility that you can receive more than what you use. These gardening practices make you more productive but with less effort and at the same time preserving the environment for future generations.

There are many books, online blogs and websites that could help you in improving your permaculture practices. You can start by planting your crops, raising farm animals and making use of the concept of recycling. Anyone can benefit from permaculture as long as you have the right knowledge and right tools.

This type of gardening can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. You bring balance and harmony to the environment and to your garden by incorporating the principles of permaculture.

   Jun 29

Perennials: Colorful Flower Garden Year by Year

Perennial gardening is popular these days because unlike annuals, they grow back after the cold weather. You don’t have to spend money and time replanting another plant for the next year and like annuals, they bring color and add beauty to your garden.

gardeningSo to have an appealing garden year after year, perennials is your best option. Here are some tips on how to make you flower gardens bloom until winter arrives:

Plan your Garden

Unlike annuals, perennials grow taller until they reach the mature stage. So make sure not to plant them closely together to avoid overcrowding. This is unpleasant to look at in your garden.

Make sure to create gaps between your plants. As the plants grow, they will fill up the spaces and eventually make your garden a gorgeous place.

Choose Your Flowers

Perennials come in different types, shapes and colors so as a beginner you might feel confuse on what you should put in your garden. One should have the ability to combine complementary colors in order to understand perennials. This is to bring balance to your flower garden.

Placing two bright-colored perennials side by side is not ideal for the eyes. Make sure to combine cool and warm colors to achieve a relaxing effect foryour garden.

Also research more on your perennials and find more about the blooming period. Some bloom only for 2-4 weeks so make sure that you place two perennials that almost bloom at the same time. This could create a beautiful impact on your garden and landscape.

Planting New Ones

As your perennials reach the mature stage, you can divide the plants and replant them in another part of your garden. So as the other perennials wither and die, you have new plants to replace them. You can divide your perennials during spring or fall.

To carefully divide your plant without damaging it, first you have to dig the plant up and divide it in a way that the roots and leaves are distributed equally in both plants. Place it another area of your garden and make sure to water it every day for its growth and development.

Improve the Soil

There are simple ways on how to treat the soil for your perennials. First, the soil must be loose and you must avoid clay soil since it is so intact that the roots can’t stretch far enough. To improve the condition of the soil, make sure to mix it with compost to enhance the drainage and allow more space for your roots to grow.

gardenAfter you plant your perennials, add compost about 1-2 inches on the top soil. This will give all the nutrients that your plants need to grow healthy. Doing this once in a year is enough for your plant.

Water it if Necessary

If its summer, make sure your perennials receive enough water for the season. Water it two times in a week but if you add mulch in the soil, then once is enough. Mulch will help the soil retain its moisture so it can have enough water for the summer.

Make sure to check if the soil is dry or moist so you can add more water to satisfy your plants’ needs. Water is a necessity for plants and since the hot weather can damage them, makes sure to pay more attention.

Maintenance during Fall

In late fall, some perennials start to die and some allow the leaves to fall. There are others though that prefers cutting it down before winter arrives so they don’t have to deal with a decaying plant in spring.

If you started with seeds for your perennials, then most likely you will have no blooming flowers for the first year. Perennials focus on growth and development of their roots and stems before blooming in the second year. If you want to have perennials flowers for the first year, then you should have a full-grown plant planted in your garden.

It is really a challenge for beginners to begin their perennial garden but with these tips handy, you are in the right path for a good start. Make sure you research more on perennials flowers about their conditions, behaviors and needs. Although they are in a same group, some perennials prefer to have your full attention.

   Jun 28

Summer Colors: Gardening with Annuals

Annuals definitely bring beauty and color to your garden. Depending on your location, it can die in the winter and you need to replace them. They are perfect for summer because of their bright colors and they are quite inexpensive.

gardeningThese annuals grow and die for just one year. Most gardeners plant them after the snow has subsided and the ground has recovered to its normal planting condition.

You can find different varieties of annuals in various local stores. Some sell them in packages or large pots. But make sure to follow the instruction available in packages so you know what to do in order for it to grow healthy.

Here are some simple steps on how to achieve a healthy growing and blooming annuals in your garden:

The Right Location

You should choose a spot in your backyard where the soil is well-drained. Steady temperature and warm soil are the necessities of annuals. So before you plant your annuals during spring, your ground should be warm.

You can do an experiment by placing your plant pots in different places around your house until you find the perfect spot where your annuals can grow. After you have found it, make sure to arrange your annuals in a great sequence.

Treat the Soil

It is essential your soil is soaked enough before you plant your flowers. Make sure it is deep enough so that the roots are totally covered by the soil. Then carefully take out the plant from the container and give it a gentle shake to lose some dirt. Then place the plant in the hole and put the soil around the plant for support. Water it and add some organic fertilizer.

Water them Each Day

Water is a basic necessity for plants and annuals are no exception. Make sure to water them everyday but not too much. Make sure the soil have enough water for survival of your plants.

Always check your plants for diseases and pests. Remove the dead parts of the plants and make sure to treat the soil so no fungi that might be harmful for the plant will grow. If you see signs of yellowing and wilting, make sure to pay more attention to the plant.

gardenAs a beginner, you might be confused on what annual plants you should put in your garden. If you are just a newbie, it would be ideal to start with plants easy to tend and grow fast.

Annuals Plants for Beginners

  • Lantana – This annual plant comes in bright colors such as pink, red, bright yellow and red. It prefers to be exposed to full sun than in shades and can survive even in drought.
  • Penta–This is a beautiful choice for summer since they bloom for the whole season. Due to their bright colors, bees and insects are attracted to them. Make sure to place them in containers or beds in your front yard to enhance your landscape more.
  • Pansy – This annual is combination of colors such as yellow and purple or purple and white. This would be convenient for people who have a hard time combining colors.
  • Pentunias – It comes in shades of purple and they can tolerate drought. The most popular is the Purple Wave Petunia. It is a late bloomer but still brings beauty to your garden in every way.
  • Narrowleaf Zinnia – It only grows to 12-18 inches and comes in summer colors such as orange, red and white. Like Pentunias, it is also a late bloomer and even small in size, it brings beauty and appeal to your garden and landscape.
  • Gomphrena– It comes in pink, white and Christmas red and grows up to the length of 18 inches.
  • Impatiens – This annual is usually placed in the front border and likes the morning sun. It comes in white, purple, red and pink color.

These annuals will definitely get you started in your garden and will surely give you a colorful and appealing flower garden until winter. Make sure to pair up your annuals with perennials in order to balance your flower bed once the annuals start to wither and die. Summer is definitely the perfect time to show off the beauty of your annuals so make sure to plant them at early spring.

   Jun 27

Drainage System: Make the Water Go Away from your Landscape

landscapeHeavy rains are really a headache for gardeners. Expensive plants, lawns and shrubs are washed away, trees might fall and soil is eroded.

Aside from the problems it causes to your landscape, it could also bring damage to your property value. One solution is downspout extensions that help in preventing water to further damage your landscape.

Fix the Real Problem

All repairs would be useless if you can’t fix the main cause of the problem. Downspout extension is your easy solution in order to keep the water away from your landscape and structures. Pooling of water in your garden is definitely a problem that needs a quick solution.

Fix Clogs and Leaks

Rain gutters are specifically designed to keep the water away from your garden so make sure it is not leaked or clogged. If the gutter does not work, the water will seep into spaces and foundations and could be a threat to your landscape. Make sure to check if the gutter has rust, mold or other signs that need to be fixed immediately.

Maintaining your gutters will keep the excess water away from your garden so there is no further damage to your soil and plants. If you need to replace a small area of the gutter, you can make use of plastic liners to fix it.

Find the Critical Area

It is really essential that one must identify the critical areas in his garden. If a tree is about to fall, then call up an expert to solve the problem for you. Your family is safe and you also save some bucks in identifying this problem early.

Make sure to check your gutters and downspout extensions if they function properly and in good condition.So you can be confident that water will be redirected away from your landscape.

A Water Plan

landscapingCreating an aerial view of your property will help you in determining where to put your gutters and downspout extensions in order to eliminate water efficiently. This will help you if you need longer or shorter ones depending on how much water accumulates in the area. You know your garden the best, so creating an effective water plan relies on you.

Repair, Repair and Repair

After inspecting all the damage and planning your water plan so temporary downing of your plants won’t happen again,it is time to repair the damage – the plants, the lawn and foundations. Give time for your plants to recover from the drowning, improve the aeration of your lawn and also check upon your foundations if there are cracks.

Seek the help of a professional in fixing this so there would be no problem in the future. Make sure to be keen in inspecting your garden for damage.

Checking your rain gutters from time to time and installing downspout extensions allow you to create a water drainage system in order to keep the excess water away from your delicate landscape. Water can cause flooding and erosion to your landscape especially if you don’t fix the problem immediately, so control the water flow for you to fully enjoy a beautiful garden for the whole year.

   Jun 26

Tropical Landscape: Refreshing Way to Dress up your Garden

landscapingThis summer, tropical countries seem to be favorite destinations of many, but what if you could have this tropical paradise in your own backyard? This seems to be the trend these days because tropical landscape has that relaxing ambiance for your home. So whether or not you plan to hire a professional landscape designer, it is really important that you get involved in the design of your landscape.

You can take a look at some pictures in magazines or online to get creative ideas on how to make your garden look like in tropics.However, there are some few factors to consider while you working on your tropical landscaping design:

Choosing your Plants

Tropics mean abundant palms and beautiful flowering plants so focus on these plants. There is about hundreds of species of palms so find ones that you can incorporate in your design. Make sure to choose ones that have deep green colors so you can mimic a tropical forest.

Flowers are also important. They can add color and life to your landscape. Also make use of footpath or walkways to improve the beauty of your garden and one can have a tour around your garden.

Make sure all your plants will receive proper sunlight by planning your garden well. Give your plants all its necessity so you can have a beautiful tropical landscape all year round.

Water Feature

This is really an important feature for your tropical landscape. A great water feature would be a pool but you could also incorporate a fountain or pond with fishes.

Using this body of water, you can achieve the tropical feel you’ve always wanted in the first place. If you have a pool, then you can use different shapes and sizes of rocks in order to border it. To add more appeal, you can have a man-made waterfall with large rocks.

A pool adds up to the overall beauty of the landscape and the sound of the water seems to be relaxing and refreshing at the same time. This could increase the appeal of your landscape and you can relax in your garden after a day’s work.

Fixtures and Furniture

landscapeLighting is also an important factor in establishing your landscape. Fixtures come in different colors, design and sizes so make sure to choose ones that suit your landscape the best. This could also increase your home security.

Furniture is also great additions for your garden. Make sure all of them blend well with the overall design that you want.

Make sure to add your finishing touches to your garden in order to achieve that tropical ambiance. You can also add an arc entrance to your garden and design it with colorful flowers and veins. This will certainly impress your guests when they are about to enter your paradise.

Whether you have Phuket or Hawaii in your mind while making the landscape, it is really essential that you have a full understanding of the concept of landscaping in order to establish an outdoor space that is refreshing and relaxing. Plan your landscape well and you will certainly experience an escape in paradise.